A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy perfume and soap for resale.


Mujeres Valientes Group's story

Jesula E. is a coordinator for Mujeres Valientes (Brave Women), of the Bank of Hope. Thirty women belong to Mujeres Valientes, and 20 of them have successfully repaid previous loans. Jesula's group has ten women. The loan will be shared among the members of the group, who run various businesses.

Jesula is 29 years old; her husband is 30. They have two girls, 11 and 12 years old. Jesula runs a business selling clothes and shoes. She usually buys her merchandise in Santiago and resells for a profit in Cabarete, which is a tourist destination. Her customers are from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She does not sell to tourists because because she does not speak English.

Jesula has repaid two loans from Esperanza. This will be her third loan. These loans made it possible for Jesula to start her business. She used her first loan to stock clothing. With the second loan, she branched out into shoes and expanded her clothing inventory. She plans to use the third loan to diversify her business further by stocking perfume and soap as well.

In her spare time Jesula likes to read the Bible, and also books on child rearing and running a household. Her dream is to have her own shop in the center of Cabarete, where she could attract the tourist trade. Today she lives in a rented house, and she hopes that one day she will be able to buy her own house. She also hopes that her children will have an opportunity to study at the university.

In this group: Jesula, Rozanne , Merilus , Banella , Chrismelie , Shely, Iphonia , Eliane, Ana, Roselene


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